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Luke Hollis
A departure from the more traditional.
A fine artist's exploration into his true passion for the unexpected.

June 23 - July 16
Opening Saturday June 23 4pm

Luke Hollis was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1979. He is a self taught artist who has been painting professionally since 2004. In this short time Luke has received notable acclaim from art critics and the art community alike. Viewed as one of New Zealand's leading young emerging artists he was awarded runner up in the Molly Morpeth Canaday art awards in 2004, followed by first equal in the same awards in 2005. Additionally in 2005 he was honoured as the winner of the Peoples Choice Award.
Having commenced his painting career in the Bay of Plenty Luke started out exhibiting in group showings. These were followed by his first sold out joint exhibition 'Expressions' (held in Whakatane in May 2005). 'Expressions' was followed by a successful solo exhibition entitled 'Grace' in Tauranga, December 2006.
Luke has a passion for capturing the real and fantasy alike, his pieces mix contemporary with the traditional whilst attaining realism through loose and painterly brushwork, he is an artist who continually develops his work through experimentation. Lukes' influences are both past and contemporary artists such as Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Whilmer Dewing and many more, as well as contemporary artists such as Richard Schmidt, Zhaoming Wu, Morgan Weistling and Ron Hicks to name a few.
In addition to his oil works Luke also exhibits his sketch work. One of his primary passions is conceptual art with most of his free time being spent experimenting with his often bizarre figurative pencil works. His line work has received high acclamation by fellow contemporary artists and is a strong foundation for his detailed oil pieces. Luke has recently held two life drawing workshops and intends to hold more in the future; with a vision to branch out into painting classes in due course. He is currently teaching drawing at AUT university n Auckland and his works are held in private collections both nationally and internationally.

Listed below is a small preview of the exhibition. More images of works will be uploaded closer to the opening date.

Luke Hollis nz portrait artist, oil on canvas
Luke Hollis nz contemporary portrait art
Horizon Oil on Board Size: 53cm x 41cm Enquire Now
Expanse Oil on Board Size: 46cm x 33cm Enquire Now
Luke Hollis nz contemporary portraiture
  Luke Hollis nz fine art portraits
Elevate Oil on Board Size: 61cm x 46cm Enquire Now
Chroma Oil on Board Size: 61cm x 46cm Enquire Now

Luke Hollis nz portraits, oil on board   Luke Hollis nz fine art portraits
Pierce Oil on Board Size: 51cm x 51cm Enquire Now
Yellow Oil on Board Size: 53cm x 41cm Enquire Now

New Zealand contemporary portrait and figurative artist and painter
Click here to see some of Luke's previous works


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